The History of
Pizza is a round bread with tomato sauce and cheese on it. This is
now baked with various toppings, added in including meats, seafood
or vegetables. It originated in Naples, Italy. It was made with basil
(green) tomato sauce (red) and the bread (white) which complimented
the Italian flag.
They first started baking pizzas in Italy using big wood burning ovens.
Pissa, in Latin, means flatbread and later meant cheese bread. Many other
countries in the Mediterranean have words with the same meaning like
pizza or pita. Another flatbread called Foccacia which is similar and
may have to led to the invention of pizza, dates back before the Common
The first true pizzeria opened in Naples and was called Antica Pizzeria
Port’Alba, and it is still
there today. A lot of the Italian pizza vendors believe that marinara
and margherita are the only true kind of pizzas and they are the only
ones they serve. They don’t include all the extravagant toppings
that we have today like pineapple. When pizza made its way to America,
many pizzerias in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York
claim to be the first, but most believe the first pizzeria in America
to be started by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan. It was
originally a grocery store but they started making pizzas to sell and
eventually transformed into a full-out pizzeria.
A lot of pizzerias throughout the Midwest United States began delivering
pizza; they include Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s.
Various other families started introducing pizza to the pacific coast
throughout the 20th century. Now pizza is one of the world’s most
prominent dishes and is made in hundreds of different ways but most Italians
believe that a ‘true’ pizza
has been made from San Marzano tomatoes from the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius
itself, at 485 degrees Celsius for no more than 90 seconds.